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$15 MILLION EXPANSION FOR QUEENSTOWN TRAILS

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July, 2019

The Expansion Plans:
Stage 1 - connect Arrowtown to Arthur's Point and down the true left of
the Shotover River to Frankton, including a new pedestrian bridge at
Tuckers Beach.

Stage 2 - connect Jack's Point and Hanley's Farm directly to Frankton
with a new pedestrian bridge at Boyd Road. This bridge, combined with
a second crossing at Widgeon Place Reserve, will also connect Lake
Hayes Estate and Shotover Country to Frankton via the true right of the
Kawarau River.


The Queenstown Trails Trust is on a mission to fundraise the balance of
whats needed for the $15 million expansion plans announced last year
to develop a series of new commuter and recreation trails around the
basin.

The trusts Lou Vicente says the recent fundraising appeal brought in
almost $50,000 .
However, theres a still a way to go to reach the $70k annual target
and we need the communitys help.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has also given a grant of
$400,000 to build a new bridge at Lower Shotover and Central Lakes
Trust has confirmed a $1.1 million grant for the project.

Its now time to get the wider community behind the fundraising, says
Lou. Its important to show that community support as this will add
weight in our funding application to Central Government for the
remaining money needed to get going.

Trust chief executive Mark Williams says to grow the trail network, the
trust needs to raise public support for the project and ultimately
funding.
Its also applied for 50 percent funding from MBIE (Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment) and is in talks with major private donors.
Weve been collaborating with local and national stakeholders to
progress QTTs expansion plans and weve made significant
developments in the recent months, aided by the governments policy
statement on land transport and focus on active modes, he says.
Were not just talking about simple trails along existing roads, but
brand new routes involving underpasses, river crossings and new active
transport hubs where people can transfer from one mode of transport to
another.

The time has come to request the help of everyday Queenstowners, in
a bid to harness community spirit and generosity to raise this ambitious
goal of $70,000 in donations, says Mark. If we can work together to
raise the remainder of the funds to get the trail expansion started, itll
enable our community to ride to school and work, reducing traffic build-
ups and delays, especially around school drop-offs and the increasingly
busy residential areas, he says.

The Queenstown Trail officially opened in spring 2012 with more than
130kms of trails spanning from Queenstown Bay to Gibbston. By the end
of last year, the trails were being used by more than two million users
(or 827,829 users in 2018), almost half of them locals using the trails
recreationally.

Source: The Flyer

 

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